Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 13:58 PM
Friday's Diamond Notes
Hottest team: Dodgers (11-2 last 13 games)
Although Los Angeles had its seven-game winning streak snapped in an extra-innings loss at Arizona on Wednesday, the Dodgers have been on fire. The last time Los Angeles dropped a series came at San Francisco in late April, as the Dodgers begin a three-game weekend series with the rival Giants tonight. The Dodgers have won five consecutive road series openers with the last loss coming to the Giants, 3-2 on April 29.
Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers in the opener as Los Angeles has won all nine of the ace’s starts this season and 17 consecutive regular season outings since 2018. Kershaw has not faced the Giants this season, as Los Angeles went 2-2 in his four starts against San Francisco last season. Both victories came at Oracle Park, as the last regular season road loss suffered by the Dodgers with the Cy Young winner on the mound came at Oakland last August in a 3-2 setback.
Coldest team: Mariners (3-14 last 17 games)
That 13-2 start by Seattle seems like years ago at this point as the Mariners own a startling 13-38 record the past 51 games. The M’s finished off their 11-game homestand at 3-8, capped off by a 14-inning loss to the Astros on Thursday, although Seattle erased a four-run deficit to tie the game late. Since the start of May, the Mariners have won back-to-back games only once, while dropping 10 consecutive road contests.
The M’s travel to southern California to begin a three-game series with the Angels as southpaw Marco Gonzales looks to get on track. Gonzales started the season at 4-0, but things have unraveled for the former Gonzaga standout as the Mariners are 0-7 in his past seven trips to the mound. The most recent start was his worst of the season as Gonzales was lit up for 10 runs in less than five innings of a 13-3 home loss to – the Angels, tonight’s opponent.
Hottest pitcher: Lance Lynn, Rangers (7-4, 4.50 ERA)
Lynn has turned into one of the more underrated offseason pickups as the Rangers have won seven of 11 starts made by the right-hander. Lynn has allowed eight earned runs in his past four starts as Texas owns a 3-1 record in this span, including a pair of double-digit strikeout performances. Texas has compiled a perfect 5-0 record at Globe Life Field with Lynn on the mound, although the last two wins came against last-place squads Kansas City and Seattle. The Rangers welcome in the Athletics tonight as Lynn’s worst start of 2019 came at Oakland as he allowed eight runs in an 11-5 defeat in April.
Coldest pitcher: Nick Margevicius, Padres (2-6, 5.40 ERA)
The first three starts of the season were promising for the former Rider southpaw by allowing one run each against the Giants twice and the Cardinals. However, Margevicius has gone backwards recently by yielded 16 runs in his past three outings, including falling short as a home favorite of -150 or higher in defeats to the Pirates and Marlins. In this stretch, Margevicius is on a solid OVER run with the Padres cashing the OVER in six of his last seven trips to the mound as he faces the Nationals this evening.
Biggest OVER run: Angels (8-2-2 last 12)
The pitching staff for the Halos has been lit up the last two nights by allowing 16 runs to the Athletics. After rallying from a 7-1 deficit in Wednesday’s 10-9 triumph, the Angels fell into a 6-1 hole and couldn’t come back in a 7-4 defeat to the A’s as both games sailed OVER the total. The Angels captured three of four games from the Mariners at T-Mobile Park from May 30 through June 2 as Los Angeles scored at least six runs in each of the three victories. Andrew Heaney takes the mound for the Halos tonight as he gave up three runs in six innings against Seattle last Saturday in a 6-3 win that pushed on the total of nine runs.
Biggest UNDER run: Diamondbacks (7-2-1 last 10)
Arizona avoided a sweep in Wednesday’s 3-2 walk-off victory over Los Angeles, as the Diamondbacks plated only four runs in the entire series. The D-backs have allowed three runs or less in three of the past four games, including several solid pitching efforts against the tough Dodgers’ lineup. Arizona travels north of the border for a weekend series with Toronto as the D-backs try to snap a four-game road skid. Merrill Kelly is fresh off his best start as a D-back by striking out 10 batters in 7.2 innings of a 7-1 rout of the Mets. However, Arizona has scored two runs or less in four of his six road starts this season.
Matchup to watch: Rays vs. Red Sox
The Yankees continue to lead the AL East, but Boston and Tampa Bay are right behind New York for the top spot in the division. The Rays travel to Fenway Park for a critical series with the Red Sox as Tampa Bay grabbed two of three games at Detroit to begin its six-game road swing. Tampa Bay owns a solid 8-2 record in road series openers this season, but lost in its last attempt at Detroit on Tuesday as a hefty -250 favorite.
Boston is back at home after winning the final four games of its road trip, including pulling off a three-game sweep at Kansas City. The Red Sox have seen their offense heat up of late by scoring eight runs three times during this hot streak and seven runs in Thursday’s victory. Rick Porcello didn’t last past the fifth inning in a 5-3 defeat to the Yankees last Saturday as the right-hander allowed five runs and nine hits. Porcello picked up a no-decision against Tampa Bay in a 6-5 victory at Tropicana Field in mid-April.
Yonny Chirinos counters for Tampa Bay as the right-hander has tossed at least five innings in each of his past two starts, but is coming off a 6-2 setback to the Twins last Saturday as a short home favorite. The road team has won all five matchups this season, including a pair of victories by the Rays at Fenway Park in late April.
Betcha didn’t know: The Rockies captured six of seven matchups from the Mets last season as the two NL squads hook up tonight at Citi Field. The only victory by New York against Colorado in 2018 came with Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom on the mound, as he starts tonight as a -200 favorite. The Mets have stumbled to a 2-8 record in deGrom’s last 10 starts, including a pair of defeats when listed as chalk of -200 or higher.
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